McKenna Frazer’s debut single is a cover of Bauhaus’ David J’s “I’ll Be Your Chauffeur” which was recording in collaboration with J and Thievery Corporation’s Rob Garza and the story of how that happened is quite the tale. Her camp sent it over:
San Francisco native, 18-year old McKenna Frazer is charming, talented, driven, adventurous, and loves to give back. She is also an avid music lover. And it doesn’t hurt that David J, renowned artist and founding member of the rock band Bauhaus, is her biggest advocate.
Their recent collaboration, a rendition of his hit “I’ll Be Your Chauffeur,” was originally recorded as a gift for McKenna’s father, who is a good friend of David J’s. McKenna grew up listening to David’s music and when she decided to record a song for her dad, this one seemed perfect. She was going through her dad’s music collection and came across “I’ll Be Your Chauffeur,” a song she knew by heart. She describes the process as simple and organic, saying that “the song is so beautiful- it just clicked. I wanted to record a song for my dad before I left for my gap-year in India, and I knew it was the perfect choice.” She began teaching herself the chords, popped open her laptop, and began laying down individual tracks for the ukulele and vocals. After adding harmonies and a little “do-do-do” line (which she borrowed from the guitar riff on the Pretender’s song, “Back on the Chain Gang”) it was complete!